An overcast evening in Northallerton with a few showers knocking about for tonight's game, everyone hoping they hold off, and a decent crowd in, including a good few from Sunderland.
The teams lined up as follows:
Northallerton: T. Dawson; D. Hillerby, G. Shaw, S. Cheeseman, D. Jones; K. Hewitt, R. McKendry, A. Shepherd, J. Blackburn; C. Lowes, S. Hudson
Subs: N. Martin, J. Proctor, C. Smith, C. Short
Sundeerland RCA: R. Dean; M. Allen, L. Green, G. Swansbury, S. Lilley; R. Leonard, C. Hodgson, D. Elliott, D. Moan; M. Davison, N. O'Neill
Subs K. Davis, A. Croft, M. Charlton, H. Dorward, T. McAloon.
RCA gave a starting debut to Ryan Leonard after his impressive cameo on Saturday, one of a number of changes forced on RCA. Steve Callen, Ross McNab and Clayton Davis were missing through injury from Saturday’s team, with Ross Preston also still sidelined. With Lewis Green and Dom Moan also coming into the starting line up it was a very young looking RCA team that started the match.
Ref Leo Howard got the game underway, after an immaculately observed minute’s silence for Andy Curtis who served Northallerton for many years and will be sadly missed,. The game began in an open manner and at a quick pace with RCA attacking immediately and forcing a corner. Northallerton looked lively and pressed hard, O'Neill would have scored, but for a marginal offside, and a good save by Dean saved RCA after Dom Moan was robbed. Northallerton forced a couple of corners in the first ten minutes but found captain Swansbury in fine form and marshalling his young defensive partners well, while Robbie Dean started, as he went on all night, with top class handling and anticipation.